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07th August, 2012 in How to...

Styling your kitchen to sell your house

A lot of my clients tell me that they are missing the decorating gene. I've therefore decided to do a series of blog posts that offer some styling inspiration and ideas that you can try when preparing your property to sell.My first post covers the kitchen and pantry. For specific staging advice and 40 tips to help sell your kitchen click here but... Read more >
26th July, 2012 in How to...

Living room furniture layouts that sell your house

When I'm staging a house, either vacant or owner occupied, the living room is usually the last room I stage.  The reason for this is that it is often the most difficult to get right and the layout is a key component of this.Here are some tips I've learnt along the way:Think about your most likely buyer and room purpose before you start. The most... Read more >
10th July, 2012 in How to...

Home Staging your entrance hallway

Your entrance hall is the first opportunity buyers will have of seeing inside your house (after their first impressions of the outside) so it's important to stage it right. The hallway needs to set the tone for the rest of the house in terms of colour, style and feeling. If buyers love your hallway they will want to continue onto the other rooms.... Read more >
24th April, 2012 in How to...

What to do with windows when staging your house to sell

I live in a Queenslander and the day I first viewed the house all the windows (and doors) were open and letting in the warm breeze, light and the fabulous view onto the decks and bush surrounding the house. The windows were original lead light in beautiful colours. I was hooked.In Brisbane where it is warm and sunny for most of the year, light,... Read more >
16th April, 2012 in How to...

Home staging to sell using art

Art plays an important role in staging a property to sell. Whether doing it yourself or working with a stager here's a summary of what and what not to do.Firstly, if you have any art as below, make sure it's removed when selling.Anything that 'shows off' who lives in the house eg: family and pet photos and portraits, diplomas or awards. Your aim... Read more >
08th November, 2011 in How to...

How to stay sale ready without losing your sanity

Houses are taking longer to sell in this market but life continues. So how do you keep your house looking sale ready without losing your sanity or your temper in the process?Firstly, if you have cleaned and de-cluttered properly there will be less to tidy up and less to clean on a daily basis. That's the good news.Here are some tips and tricks to... Read more >
28th September, 2011 in How to...

What’s the use? – finding purpose for each room

Imagine that you are a young family (Mum, Dad and 3 kids aged 5-11) and are looking for a new house.  Today you are viewing 2 houses. Both have 4 bedrooms, 3 living areas and a study.  They are a similar price and on a similar sized blockThe First house you see is owned by an older couple. You start with the bedrooms. The master looks good but... Read more >
12th September, 2011 in How to...

Bathing beauty – how to stage your bathroom to sell your house

When you think about staging your bathroom(s) to sell your house you need to know 2 things:1. Bathrooms are very private and personal spaces so staging them is really about de-personalising. Think Hotel Bathroom and you won't go far wrong2. There's an assumption that anything to do with bathrooms costs a lot of money. It can do. But you don't... Read more >
19th July, 2011 in How to...

40 actions that help sell your kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, particularly for families and is a key part in the buying decision. Buyers want bright and modern with good storage and counter space.If your kitchen looks great already read the actions below to make it look amazing with a bit of work and very little investment.If you have a dated and cluttered kitchen, do... Read more >
27th June, 2011 in How to...

Beyond the master bedroom – Staging your other bedrooms to sell

Once you have staged your master  bedroom you can turn your attention to staging your remaining bedrooms.Before you do anything else think very clearly about the most likely buyer of your house and what they will need your bedrooms to be.For example, I see many homes where the sellers are an older couple. If there are 4 bedrooms, 1 is a master,... Read more >

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